Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Career Choices

They are difficult, aren't they? With so many options out there, it's a big decision to make and something that requires a lot of thought and reflection.

And that's why it's good to have school breaks from time to time. Not only do they allow for children to rest and play, but they also allow time for reflection on important matters. This afternoon was serious business at lunch. The girls discussed career choices with me. To put things in context, they are 9 and soon to be 7. I'm pretty certain the choices aren't set in stone, but it's comforting to know they are thinking, in more ways than one...

My oldest has wanted to raise horses, race horses, and run a pet shop in the past. But besides her deep love of horses and animals, she is also quite the gourmet/gourmande and today, she came out with something new for her future. She's decided she wants to be a chocolatier and make chocolates for a living. She is already working on some new recipes too. Chocolate with bananas? Chocolate with apples? Some refinement may be in need, but I wouldn't be completely surprised if this choice stuck. And well, having a chocolatier in the family isn't all bad, is it?

As for our second daughter, being the younger of the two, she has a bit more time yet to decide, though she has been thinking about this for quite some time. While walking to school one day when she was all of 5, she gave me a very worried look, sighed and asked ever so sincerely, "Mummy, what happens if you forget what you want to be when you grow up?"

This is obviously a thought that weighs heavily on her young mind.

Although she's still undecided (or maybe just can't remember), in order to clarify some things, she seems to have adopted the process of elimination. As of lunch today, it would seem that we can cross a few more choices off the board.

"Mummy, it must be very difficult to be president," she said.

"This is true," I told her. "It's a very difficult job indeed."

"Yes," she then continued. "And it must be very difficult to be a queen or a king or a prince or a princess too. That's why I don't want to be a princess."

Ah, bless. Well at least we've got that sorted.

11 comments:

ArtMind said...

Awww, kids are so sweet and open minded! I bet you have great conversations like this all the time! How fun! :)

Giffysk8s said...

Just darling! And here's a story for your older daughter: My SIL was a corporate exec at Intel. Her dream was to be a chocolatier. So she quit her job, flew to France and became a gourmet chocolatier. She now owns and runs a quaint gourmet chocolate shop in in Saratoga, CA. She creates all of her own recipes and uses fresh, organic ingredients. My faves are her Earl Grey Truffle, Chai Truffle, Pumpkin Truffle, Pomegranate Truffle, and Salted Caramels. YUM! If your daughter wants to see her site is www.saratogachocolates.com She does a lot of corporate team-building and gift events, custom orders for weddings, etc. There's definitely a living to be made! She's even been in newspapers, magazines, and on TV! Here's the link to her TV spot. She demos making chocolate. http://www.new.facebook.com/ext/share.php?sid=88723701104&h=wW-ZB&u=2OGiK&ref=mf

trashalou said...

That is what happened. I forgot what I was going to do when I grew up!!!

myminimocs said...

perfect logic and a gift for deductive reasoning! she'll be successful at whatever she decides to do...

Little Miss Mel said...

I think it's great that your oldest wants to be a chocolatier!!! I hope it sticks! I wish I had been thinking about what I wanted to be when I was that little! I would've had more creative choices then!

Swirlyarts said...

Bless!! Anya would quite like to be a ballet dancer as we have just started lessons for her but she also wants to be a mummy and to work at home like I do!

ingermaaike said...

Such a big world with so much choice, mine want to be ; a fireman/policeman, a big digger truck/ maybe a vet after all and the middle one a computer geek (I am guessing that one is pretty much set in stone...)

Dina Fragola said...

That's so cute.

LilyHaven said...

Such a sweet blog post. It's so cute to hear what little minds plan for their futures. My daughter has a new idea everyday, and I'm always amazed at her drive and determination. Even though she's only 5. Your little girls sound like such sweethearts. I'm sure all their dreams will come true.

Rita from alatvian.etsy.com said...

It's so sweet! Thanks for sharing!

SoBella Creations said...

They sound precious.

My oldest loves chocolate. We are hoping to sign her up for a few kid cooking classes this summer. Isabella hates fruit so she would say don't ruin good chocolate.